Westminster Choir Premieres New Carey work

This past summer, Joe Miller, Director of Choral Activities at Westminster Choir College, commissioned a piece from me to celebrate the centenary of both the college and Westminster Choir. They will premiere my setting of Psalm 96 on November 9th in Massapequa, New York and November 10th in Princeton (Details below).

Appear and Inspire: 100 years of Singing
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 PM
St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa, NY

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3:00 PM
Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College

Program Note

This setting of Psalm 96, “Sing to the Lord a New Song,” was written to celebrate the centenary of Westminster Choir College and Westminster Choir. It seemed to be an especially appropriate text to celebrate the college’s rich tradition of music-making and express hope for its continued vitality. As a composer, I always wish that choirs will undertake “new songs” and am most pleased that Joe Miller and Westminster Choir have agreed to perform one of mine. It was composed in August and September 2019 in New Jersey and Tennessee.

Christian Carey has created over eighty musical works in a variety of genres and styles, performed throughout the United States and in England, Italy, and Japan. His compositions have been performed by ACME, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, C4, Cassatt String Quartet, Chamber Players of the League of Composers, Harvard Choral Fellows, loadbang, Locrian Chamber Players, Manhattan Choral Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, Righteous Girls, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and Westminster Kantorei. Recordings of his work appear on New Focus, Perspectives of New Music/Open Space, and Westminster Choir College labels. GIA publishes his choral music and an edition of his organ music is currently in preparation for Zimbel. 

Carey is Associate Professor at Westminster Choir College. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School (B.Mus. in Voice Performance), Boston University (M.M. in Composition), and Rutgers University (Ph.D. in Music).

Ross Gay Songs Premiere Tomorrow at New Music Gathering

Soprano Sara Noble

Tomorrow (May 13) at 1:30PM in Kobacker Hall, my Ross Gay Songs will be premiered by soprano Sara Noble and pianist Nadia Shpachenko as part of  New Music Gathering 2017 , held this year at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH).

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko

Program note

Three Ross Gay Songs were composed while I was recuperating in Tennessee from cancer surgeries. Looking for something uplifting to read, I went to Anne Patchett’s bookstore Parnassus and was instantly drawn to the vibrant colors on the cover of his book Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. What I found on the pages within was poetic ‘music’ that nearly sang off the page, providing me with much joy and consolation: and ideas for several songs. ode to drinking water from my hands mirrors a childhood memory of my own, learning to use a water pump in my grandparents’ garden. wedding poem is an example of the vivacious and poignant connection to nature that Ross Gay, who maintains orchards and community gardens in Indiana, finds central to most of his work. ode to the flute is pithy yet filled with evocative imagery. These texts are used with the kind permission of the poet and the songs are dedicated to soprano Sara Noble.

  • Christian Carey (2017)

New Music Gathering

 

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Soprano Sara Noble

I am very pleased to share that soprano Sara Noble and pianist Nadia Shpachenko will be premiering my Ross Gay Songs at New Music Gathering on May 11 at 2:30. This year, NMG will be held at Bowling Green State University.

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko
Pianist Nadia Shpachenko

Performances this week

A couple performances of my work as we move into March.

On Monday, February 27th, singing violist Wendy Richman performed my voice/viola piece “Cloths of Heaven” in Birmingham, Alabama at the Alabama Viola Society’s “Violapalooza” concert at Highlands United Methodist Church. The SoundCloud embed below is of her performance of the piece at Oberlin College in 2016.

Violist Wendy Richman
Violist Wendy Richman

Christ Congregation, Princeton, New Jersey.
Christ Congregation,
Princeton, New Jersey.

On Sunday, March 5th, “Add One More Seat to the Table” will be sung at Christ Congregation in Princeton. It is a hymn that Kay Mitchell and I co-authored. I am grateful to Music Director Joanne Hardgrove and the choir for presenting it during the 10 AM service.

The recording of the hymn embedded below was made by the Wesley Choir of Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, VA., directed by Gareth Hayes Bond.

“Dark Times”

Raritan Bay, South Amboy, New Jersey.
Raritan Bay, South Amboy, New Jersey.

Dark times: I’ve seen them aplenty and they no longer daunt me (for long). We will get through this dark time stronger, more alert, and more passionate than ever about how the arts matter to society. Move towards what you love: it will sustain you.